Atwal stays in front in Mauritius

Mauritius, December 1: Arjun Atwal of India stayed in the lead at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open after shooting a one-under-par 70 in the on-going second round on Friday.

The eight-time Asian Tour winner totalled 10-under-par 132 to hold a one-shot advantage over Dylan Frittelli (66) of South Africa and Laurie Canter (66) of England at the €1million (approximately US$1.07 million) event sanctioned by the Asian Tour, Sunshine Tour and European Tour.

Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines stayed within striking distance following a 68 to tie in fourth place alongside Jose-Filipe Lima (66) of Portugal and Ockie Strydom (68) of South Africa. They are two shots back of Atwal at the Heritage Golf Club.

Atwal, who won the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2003, kept up his challenge to end a three-year title drought after posting three birdies against two bogeys on a wind-swept day.

The Indian was delighted to return with a red number as he struggled to repeat his opening heroics where he shot a course record 62.